ESPRIT head coach Deb Hows is hopeful that the club could have three rhythmic gymnasts competing at the Commonwealth Games after another of her charges made her GB debut recently.
Tyler Brummit, 14, who is based in Spain but regularly flies to Britain to train with Hows at Headlands Grove, was part of the GB team that took part in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
Hows was GB’s head coach at the event in Sydney, in which 1,700 athletes from 30 nations competed in a variety of sports.
The Esprit supremo witnessed Portsmouth-born Brummit, Tiola Gleeson (City of Bath), Helena Stiles (Stockport) and Lauren Brash (Scotland) finish fifth out of the six national teams.
“The rhythmic girls performed really well and for three of them including Tyler it was the first time they had ever done an international competition,” said Hows.
“I thought she handled it incredibly well - all the jet lag, early mornings and generally being a part of Team GB.
“It’s a starting point really. We hope she will go forward to the Commonwealth Games next year. She’s still very young but we will work towards much more major events.
“That would be amazing (if Brummit went to the Commonwealths) because Esprit already have two gymnasts in national squads for the Games.”
The gymnasts in question are Laura Halford and Stephani Sherlock, the former of which will compete for Wales and the latter for England. Hows will coach the England team in Glasgow.